Modification of the existing maximum residue level for epoxiconazole in beetroots

epoxiconazole, beetroots, pesticide, MRL, consumer risk assessment, triazole derivative metabolites
First published in the EFSA Journal
5 October 2018
7 September 2018
Reasoned Opinion


In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the applicant Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board submitted a request to the competent national authority in the United Kingdom to modify the existing maximum residue level (MRL) for the active substance epoxiconazole in beetroots. The data submitted in support of the request were found to be sufficient to derive a MRL proposal for beetroots. Adequate analytical methods for enforcement are available to control the residues of epoxiconazole in the commodities under evaluation at the validated limit of quantification (LOQ) of 0.01 mg/kg. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concluded that the short‐term and long‐term intake of residues resulting from the use of epoxiconazole according to the reported agricultural practice is unlikely to present a risk to consumer health. However, the residue definition for risk assessment was set on a provisional basis, pending the outstanding issues on the overall consumer assessment of the triazole derivative metabolites (TDMs). The reliable end points, appropriate for use in regulatory risk assessment are presented.

European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2018;16(9):5419
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On request from
European Commission

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